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You're right. There's nothing wrong with Teela kicking ass. I never said there was. She always did before so I'm already "used to it". Her design is what I was referring to. She looks stupid. She had such a great princess warrior design before. Now her clothing and body look way too masculine. If 2021's idea of strong female characters is to have them imitate men, that doesn't say much about the strength of women or about 2021. Teela was strong and feminine as was She-Ra (a show I also watched as a kid incidentally). Should Teela be kicking as much ass as He-Man? Not only should she not, none of the other characters should either. He-Man is the central focus of this power fantasy that is Masters of the Universe. I have no problem taking an episode or two to explore a side character. I would actually like that. But to take He-Man completely out of the equation? I'm not sure why a fan of the original would even want that. From what the trailers show, it looks like almost all of the He-Man action is from one or two scenes probably from the first episode before it switches over to focusing on Teela. I don't know that to be the case obviously but that's my guess from what I saw. Eh, maybe I'm wrong.Didn't even watch the trailers did you? I saw plenty of He-Man in there. Also, I think it's inspired for Prince Adam to be a shrimpy little dude, his secret identity in the old cartoon was even more poorly hidden than Clark Kent's with his spectacles.
As far as "butch Teela" is concerned, there's nothing wrong with Teela kicking ass just as hard as He-Man and if you think there is I don't know what to tell you. It's 2021. Women kick ass now. Get used to it.
Again, it's 2021. Eventually the people who sign the checks realized that there's a whole lot of audience besides little boys (and little boys in 40 year old bodies), and catering exclusively to them limits how big you can be and how much money you can make. Decisions that have the potential to widen the audience are going to be par for the course for these nostalgia trips more often than not, I'd expect. They aren't doing this show just to get our nostalgia clicks. After the success of the new She-Ra they're definitely counting on us getting a whole new generation of kids hooked, and they're not just after the boys. It makes perfect sense to put a strong female character with her own motivations front and center with He-Man.
I watched the hell out of that cartoon as a kid, and frankly I mostly just remember spending the whole episode waiting for He-Man to show up and kick Skeletor's ass because no one else could. I think it will be awesome to have other character's who can do things and be rad without leaning on a He-Man shaped crutch all the time.